Top 5 Reasons to Go to Athens, Greece

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Athens, Greece, a marvellously stunning destination rich in history and culture should be on your travel list if you have not been. The delectable food – gastro paradise, incredible history – through the ages, the paramount beauty, bountiful markets and the unbelievable affordability, whether you are a backpacking budget hunter or just like a great deal. Read on to learn more!

View of Ancient Agora and Modern Athens, Greece
View of Ancient Agora and Modern Athens, Greece

The Food Greece is the king of barbecue and who doesn’t like barbecue? Whether you are a meat lover or a vegetarian, there is something being grilled for everyone! Charcoal seared meats – think Souvlaki and Gyro; Grilled Vegetables – tomatoes, peppers, onions at every corner, teasing you in with the delectable aromas permeating the air. Then there is the endless list of edible temptations like moussaka (casserole), Gemista (stuffed veggies), fish, lobster, octopus, olives, honey, cheeses, yogurt, spices, Baklava and so it continues. Fantastic Food!!!!

Greek Salad with Feta, Tzatziki and Gyros, Athens, Greece
Greek Salad with Feta, Tzatziki and Gyros, Athens, Greece

The History – Beginnings thought to date back to 2nd Millennium BC, it was in the 5th Century BC that Pericles ordered the construction of the magnificent Acropolis buildings. It truly is a spectacular wonder to behold and should be on everyone’s bucket list along with the breathtaking buildings and views of ancient Agora, still under excavation!

Ancient Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Ancient Acropolis, Athens, Greece

The Beauty – The beautiful architectural mixture of ancient and modern create some amazing panoramas. Wandering through the streets, you come across living walls, flower cars, sculptures and art all combined with the beautiful smiling, welcoming faces of the greek people!

A Flower Car! Athens, Greece
A Flower Car! Athens, Greece

The MarketsFruit, vegetables, meat, fish, spices, clothing, Athens markets offer it all, the most impressive being the Central Market due to the sheer size and offerings. Note: It is closed on Sundays Wandering the streets, several other neighbourhood markets can be found, each offering it’s own unique edibles and wares.

Fruits and Vegetables Market, Athens, Greece
Fruits and Vegetables Market, Athens, Greece

The Affordability – From € 7(Euro) for shared room Hostels to 5 star accommodations at extremely low €90 to €135. Of course, you can always find higher prices / more opulent accommodations, but the general prices are amazingly affordable. We paid €80 per night to stay at Athens Center Square Hotel and were very happy with the accommodations as well as the amazing location. We were able to walk everywhere. Public transport, if you need or want it is an affordable € 22 (Euro) for a 3 day tourist ticket. Between restaurants, street food and markets, you can spend as little or as much on food as you want. Attraction tickets can be purchased at booths near entrance – you can buy a multi-pass or single entrance. See Link below. Some days certain attractions are free – nice bonus!

Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens, Greece
Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens, Greece

If the above listed are not reason enough to go to Athens, Greece, then I guess you shouldn’t go!
Please Note: Mentioned prices 2016

Of possible Interest:

Athens, Greece – Photo Album
Athens, Greece – YouTube
Athens, Greece – Our trip – under blog now! Check back daily.
Attraction Entrance Prices – Athens Government
Athens Transport – Public Transportation Ticket prices
Travel Alerts and Warnings – UK Government
Travel Alerts and Warnings – USA Government

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